A Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, has embarked on a mission to be the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.
Odujinrin of Air Djibouti is carrying out his goal using a Cirrus aircraft – and has already on Friday (October 14) begun the second leg taking off from North Weald airfield in the United Kingdom.
The Chief Executive Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr Mario Fulgoni, gave details of the historic flight in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
Fulgoni said, “having already completed a transatlantic crossing from Washington D.C. in the light single-propeller aircraft, the Nigerian aviator is now heading to Malta.
“He will then head on to Djibouti, where he will fly as a commercial pilot for the national flag carrier.
“From there, Odujinrin will continue around the rest of the world, through India and Australia, and intends to set a further aviation milestone with the fastest U.S. coast-to-coast flight in a single-prop aircraft.”
According to him, the flight is part of ‘Project Transcend’, a foundation aimed at inspiring young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.
The airline boss then quoted Odujinrin as saying “fewer than 115 people have completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe by air, and it has been my dream since my youth to join them.
“I hope to set a world first and inspire a generation of people in Africa and beyond.”